Mary Beth Gelander - 70
3/24/1946 - 3/24/2016
Mary "Beth" Gelander, 70, Chana, IL, passed away March 24, 2016 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford IL. Beth was born in Watseka, Illinois on March 24, 1946 to James and Grace (Broderick) Small. She graduated from Illinois State University. On August 9, 1969 she married Ralph Gelander. She obtained her masters degree from National Louis University. Her career as a High School English teacher in Amboy, IL spanned over three decades. Beth made an impact on everyone she met. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the theatre and the symphony. Beth was quick witted and known for her sense of humor. She relished time with family and friends, especially with her grandchildren. Beth cherished many different groups of friends and was a proud member of the "Chana Moms".
She is survived by her sons, Seth (Cyndi) Gelander and Luke Gelander; Grandchildren, Meredith and Joey Gelander, all of Chana; Sisters, Joan Neef of Monticello, IL and Stacy Munroe of Chicago, IL; Brothers, Bob (Karen) Small of Gilman, IL and Bill (Billie) Small of Oswego, IL; and sister-in-law, Geri Gelander of Oregon, IL; and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant child, Christina and son, Eric.
Memorial service will be held Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church, Oregon with Pastor Jack M. Briggs officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00--7:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to the Friends of the Oregon Library.
Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 PM in FHG--Oregon
Wed. 11:00 AM in First Presbyterian Church--OregonView Mary Beth Gelander's Guestbook